A Fun-Loving Guide to the Natural World for Kids and Adults

Falling Star Alert — Delta Aquarids!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to go out and see the Delta Aquarids.  They peak at the end of the month, but they’re active now — last evening we saw some great ones.  You’re fine going out any time that the sky is clear, but if you’re serious about things, go out in the […]

Almost Lost

A walk through familiar landscapes, streams and gnarled trees, rocks and damp moss. Then an eldritch thing, something from another world, and we can only stare. For a moment, the familiar landscape becomes strange — the stream speaks a forgotten tongue, ancient messages are scawled in the twisted bark, the stones mark their age at […]

Ambassador Corn Snakes, Taraj and Katai

People often think we’re a little odd when they find out we have snakes as pets. And despite the fact that we both love snakes, it took us a while to make our decision {…}

Mystery Tree, Mystery Bird

We came across two mysteries. The one we solved, but the other is still eluding us {. . .}

Wren Cuisine

We’ve been very happy to share Sweetwater with a nesting pair of House Wrens, who made their home in an old birdhouse near the old marble slab {…}

Unraveling the Mysteries of Nature

Even before I met Kenton and I was swept away into the world of climbing trees and catching turtles, I was constantly amazed at the marvels of Mother Nature. How could every {…}